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East Mount Airy : Real Estate Advice

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Thu May 19, 2016
AshLeigh asked:
I am looking to pay $600-$950 for an apartment (or townhouse if I am able to fine one) that will except pets (i have a small chihuahua. She is 10 years old and house trained. I am willing…
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Fri Mar 27, 2015
Ellen Ufberg answered:
East Mount Airy is a great neighborhood. I have a house for sale at 235 E. Sydney Street. The neighbors are very friendly, interesting, have responsible jobs and socialize outside when the weather is nice.

My house has been totally renovated (down to the studs) with everything new. It is 3 bedrooms/1.5 baths.

Please contact me if you would like more information.

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Fri Mar 27, 2015
Ellen Ufberg answered:
Mount Airy is a wonderful, dynamic, diverse, safe neighborhood with walkability to restaurants, shopping and public transportation (train, buses). That is why I bought a house for my daughter but she needs to live closer to New Jersey, So, I completely renovated the home and it is now for sale: 235 E. Sydney Street, Phila., PA 19119.

3 bedroom/1.5 bath house is completely renovated with everything new: new wiring (including hard-wired smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors; new kitchen with Whirlpool stainless appliances, granite countertops and an island that seats 4. New oak hardwood floor on first floor and upstairs hallway.

The three bedrooms have two closets each, ceiling lights with fans and new plush carpet. New bathroom on second floor; new powder room on first floor.

New HVAC (central air). Charming, fenced in small back yard for bar-b-ques or having coffee.

This house has no possibility for a rental unit. Basement is unfinished with lots of storage and dedicated laundry area with hookups and cabinets.

Price is $199,500 as it is totally new on the inside.

I would be happy to tell you more about the home. Please contact me at 215-264-5589 or email

Ellen Ufberg
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Tue Mar 24, 2015
Karmen answered:
Yes. It's a very lovely, diverse, friendly community. Regardless of where you live, you always have to be aware of your surroudings.
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Mon Aug 4, 2014
Pferrin asked:
Specifically, what's the starting point for prorating seller's RE tax and home insurance costs. I'm a first-time seller w/ no direct experience here located in Baton Rouge, LA? My homeowner's…
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Thu Oct 17, 2013
Edith Karoline Jasser answered:
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Sun Mar 17, 2013
Warren Nelson answered:
Why not use your voucher to get approved for a section 8 sale? You can buy a property using your voucher rather then just rent.

Contact me and I will start the process for you.

Warmest Regards

Warren Nelson, Associate Broker
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Realty Mark Cityscape
1515 Market St.Suite 705
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Thu Oct 4, 2012
Sheri Curci answered:
OK Demitchell,
You need Patience, Good taste, Lots of time to look for a home in your price range and location.

And experienced Realtors that will cover your assets…….. All the way through the home purchase process with understanding explanations for you as a first time Buyer.

Can we confidentially talk?

All the Best, John + Sheri RE/MAX 215-757-2889
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Mon Jul 9, 2012
Ana Barlow answered:
Yes Anna, there are two. The 500 block of Carpenter in Mt Airey is the original and a second spot in downtown Chestnut Hill is the newer spot on the 8000 block of Germantown Ave.

Ana Barlow,Realtor
The Barlow Group @ Keller Williams
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Thu May 17, 2012
Alice George answered:
Give me a call... I may have a lease purchase in Roxborough?? If interested??
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Tue Dec 6, 2011
Keith J. Lawson answered:
Hello Mr. Carpenter,

Are you looking to buy in the Mt. Airy area? I'd be happy to show the houses you are interested in and drive around the area with you and point out what Bus routes run along the streets around and near your house. Feel free to contact me at 267-688-1110.

Warm Regards,


Keith J. Lawson
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9237 Frankford Ave.
Phila, PA 19114
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Tue Apr 5, 2011
Btucker6 answered:
I have lived in the area for many years and although some of the houses are nice, many of the neighbors are not. They seemed to not be interested in the upkeep of the neighborhood especially the outside of the houses. I am speaking of the east side of Hortter street that is between the 0-100 unit block. that would be between Germantown Avenue and Musgrave Street and up to Chew Avenue. Now the 300-500 blocks are beautiful tree lined streets with garages and a nice sized front yard area. The houses are typically enclosed front porches and have 3 or 4 bedrooms. The range in price has been between 100,000 to 170,000 consistantly. This is between Chew and Belfield Avenues. Its like night and day when you compare to the other hundreds between Germantown and Chew Avenues. Well that is all the information that I possess and as I said, I used to live in the area since I was 12 years old and since have been watching the market very closely especially since I am in the market to buy a home myself. As the realtor stated above, Mt Airy is a strong selling neighborhood but only a resident would know how the neighborhood really is. ... more
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Sun Mar 27, 2011
Peter Ryan answered:
Good morning,

In general, here is a typical scenario for your question:

1) In Pa., both county and local (municipality) taxes are considered "calender" taxes. Thus, If you settle on any property, say on June 30th, you'll pay, at closing, these taxes from that day until 12/31. Why, because these taxes are typically paid by the seller in early Spring. A quick eg.- Sellers' home has $1,200 annual county tax. He paid the bill in, approx., March. What he did was pay both backward, from jan. 1st, and forward, to 12/31. So, with a 6/30'll pay 6 months of this tax, or $600, in essence paying back the seller for tax paid....your next bill will come next spring.
2) School tax is typically a "fiscal year" tax, running July 1 to June 30 of the next year. So...using the above settle date of 6/ essentially won't pay the seller back for any school tax. Why? At that day, the seller, if he/she is up to date, will only have paid through 6/30...the next bill, again paying back and forward, will be received in the fall (paying back from 7/1 through 6/30 of the following year. Now, in this scenario, a bit of a catch....YOU will be receiving the next school tax withing 2-3 months of settlement...and will owe from 7/1 through 6/30. So...the title agent, or settlement co., may require you to FUND your escrow account sufficiently, at settlement, to be able to draw those school taxes when they come due.....which leads to your question of escrow.

3) Escrow is what I call the dirty secret of lenders. At settlement, an escrow accout will be established with a certain amount of money. This money will be held by the lender and paid out as taxes, and insurance bills, come due (by the way, typically, you'll pay a full years' home insurance prior to settlement) As you begin to make your mortgage payments, a portion of all of your taxes and insurance, will be added to that payment (base payment being principal and interest). No interest is accrued for you to have the escrow acount sitting with the lender. The argument from them is that there are adminstrative costs associated with disbursing this money....O.K...

Finally, banking regulations allow only a certain amount of escrow to be held at settlement (I believe, but am not certain...14 mo.) To get a firm idea about ALL of the costs involved with your purchase, I urge you to contact a lender, get pre-approved through that lender, and provide details about the home you wish to purchase, including price, total taxes, any monthly recurring HOA (home owners' association, if applicable). Ask the lender for wht is know as a Good Faith Estimate, or GFE, for that property. He/she will provide definitive data for you to review...all at no charge or obligation (they do this to help them secure your business) Also, Realtors in Pa. are required to provide an estimated closing cost sheet to their buyers. As your Realtor for one. There are a lot of considerations aside from these I've outlined, but hopefully this will get you started.
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